5TOI Project Consortium have released a document that summarizes a pilot action in the Mediterranean and Africa. The pilot action is based on the NEXUS approach: ‘The nexus highlights the interdependencies between the water, energy and food sectors, and the need to pursue an integrated management framework across the three sectors.’
- Co-development actions: these ‘target specific marketable solutions that could be adapted to social, societal and economic needs in those geographical regions mostaffected by climate change and development challenges.’
- Open innovation: this is ‘mandatory for adapting generic technologies to specific regional targets and the latter, in turn, constitutes a strong driver of innovation in general. In this process, North-South as well as South-South and public-private collaborations should prove beneficial to all parties and favour the emergence of a common regional clean-tech market, while a coordinated EU policy is an essential factor for establishing and maintaining virtuous dynamics to reach this objective. This was recognised in the recent EC communication “Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation”’.